The four UK higher education funding bodies recently carried out a consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.
This process sought views on our proposed approach to implementing the recommendations of Lord Stern’s independent review of the exercise along with a number of detailed points informed by our evaluation of REF.
Following consultation the funding bodies have now taken initial decisions on key areas of REF policy.
For some aspects of the framework, the funding bodies require further evidence and discussion before they can take initial decisions.
We have written to institutions setting out further information on these aspects and inviting them to submit their views on these issues.